A surprise landed in my e-mail inbox the other day. It was another custom card from Tim D! This time the subject was one near and dear to this blog, a White Sox player that never made it to Opening Day. I'll let Tim D take it from here.
"Native Chicagoan, Fritz Peterson (who grew up a White Sox fan I might add), was mostly known as a Yankee and an Indian. He had rotator cuff surgery as a member of the Texas Rangers. In Feb 1977, he signed with the White Sox. I was hoping the surgery would bring him back to his 1970 20 game win form. Can you imagine if it had... he and Stoney pitching... and Gamble and Zisk cranking them out? Instead of 3rd, maybe they would have been 2nd, or maybe even a 1st place team that year. Anyhow... wishful thinking.... Here is Fritz in a 1977 White Sox uniform. Unfortunately, the real story is he threw three decent pitches in a Spring Training game with the Sox against St Louis... all of the sudden something didn't feel right... and he couldn't get the 4th pitch over the plate. It was the end for Fritz. It would have been nice to see him end his career with the team he grew up loving."
But that wasn't all. The next day another custom from Tim D arrived in my e-mail.
"Before Munson coined him "Mr October", his nickname was "Jax". As you know the A's dealt him and Kenny Holtzman to the O's for Mike Torrez and Don Baylor. I think this looks like the other 1976 Topps Traded cards I've seen."
Great job, Tim! Thanks for sharing!